The Latest: Hastert admits to hush money in written deal

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Posted: Oct 28, 2015 3:04 PM
The Latest: Hastert admits to hush money in written deal

CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the federal hush-money case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (all times local):

2 p.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert admits for this first time in his plea deal that he agreed to pay $3.5 million to an unnamed person to conceal his past misconduct against that person.

The Illinois Republican pleaded guilty earlier Wednesday to violating banking reporting laws.

Hastert read a brief written statement in court that focused narrowly on how he technically broke banking laws. But in the written plea deal, Hastert goes much farther.

The document says Hastert agreed "to compensate for and keep confidential his prior misconduct against" the unnamed person.

Investigators say he withdrew large amounts of money, but when questioned about the activity, told the FBI he didn't trust banks.

The plea deal also says Hastert lied to the FBI about the withdrawals. But the agreement indicates prosecutors will dismiss that lying charge.

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9:35 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has left a downtown Chicago federal courthouse after pleading guilty to a charge that he evaded banking laws.

Hastert was surrounded by his attorneys and escorted by about half a dozen U.S. Marshals as he departed the courthouse on Wednesday morning. He was driven away in a black SUV.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled the sentencing for Feb. 29 after the 73-year-old Republican entered his plea.

A May indictment says Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

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This story has been corrected to show that Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws, not to lying to the FBI.

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9:10 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he knew he was doing wrong by trying to conceal his large cash withdrawals.

In a brief written statement, Hastert said Wednesday he didn't want the FBI to know how he "was intending to spend the money."

The 73-year-old Republican pleaded guilty Wednesday to evading banking laws.

An indictment issued in May says Hastert agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

A plea deal recommends he serve up to six months in prison. Sentencing is set for Feb. 29.

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This story has been corrected to show that Hastert pleaded guilty to banking laws, not to lying to the FBI.

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8:55 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be sentenced Feb. 29 in a $3.5 million hush-money case.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled the sentencing Wednesday after the 73-year-old Republican pleaded guilty to evading banking laws.

Attorneys for both sides have recommended in a plea deal that Hastert serve up to six months in prison.

A May indictment says Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct. The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

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This story has been corrected to show that Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws, not to lying to the FBI.

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8:50 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty in a hush-money case, in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve up to six months in prison.

Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws.

The plea marks the fall from grace of a politician who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to become second in the line of succession to the presidency.

An indictment issued in May says the 73-year-old Republican agreed to pay someone referred to only as "Individual A" $3.5 million to hide past misconduct by Hastert.

The Associated Press and other media have cited anonymous sources in reporting the payments were to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

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This story has been corrected to show that Hastert pleaded guilty to evading banking laws, not to lying to the FBI.

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7:40 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has arrived at Chicago's downtown federal court where he is expected to plead guilty in a hush-money case.

Hastert walked past dozens of reporters and camera crews who took his picture as he entered the building Wednesday morning. Inside the court he went through metal detectors with his attorneys. He arrived about an hour ahead of his scheduled plea hearing.

The hearing will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June.

An indictment accused him of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct by Hastert against that person.

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1 a.m.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday in his hush-money case as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

The hearing in Chicago federal court will be the 73-year-old Republican's first court appearance since entering his initial not guilty plea in June.

An indictment accused him of agreeing to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to only as "Individual A" to hide past misconduct by Hastert against that person.

The Associated Press and other media have reported that the payments were meant to conceal claims of sexual misconduct.

A guilty plea would seal the downfall of a man who rose from obscurity in rural Illinois to the nation's third-highest political office. Political analyst Dick Simpson says Hastert's lucrative lobbying career would also be ruined.